Vikings 2023 Draft: Seven-round all-defensive mock draft

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Fifth Round (Pick No. 178)

Dylan Horton – DL (TCU)

As stated previously, the Vikings could need a prospect or two for their defensive front depending on what happens with established veterans this offseason. Keeping everyone around is nearly impossible in the team’s current financial flux, so it’s important the right sacrifices are made without jeopardizing hopes of defending the NFC North in 2023.

Dylan Horton‘s draft stock went through the roof thanks to an outstanding final season with TCU. The versatile lineman played a significant role in the Horned Frogs’ fairytale run to the college football national championship game, securing 10.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss along the way.

Horton won’t be considered among the elite defensive linemen within a deep class. He does nothing spectacularly, but is efficient in his movements and is seemingly in the right place at the right time in pursuit of making plays.

There is some eye-catching athleticism where Horton is concerned, which stems from starting his football journey as a safety in high school. His base is solid and hard to shift, although balance is sometimes questionable against more imposing offensive linemen.

Once the player learns to be more physical at the point of attack and improves consistency on an every-down basis, Horton should be able to carve out a successful NFL career for himself. Another prospect the Vikings should have their eye on during the all-important assessment process.

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